Telecommunications giant BT this month announced that it had agreed deals with npower and British Gas to meet all of the company’s UK energy requirements with power from environmentally friendly sources. BT has some 6,500 installations in the UK, including telephone exchanges, satellite earth stations and depots. The new three year deals mean that all of these locations will be powered by energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, tidal and hydro-electric schemes.

The move will reduce BT’s emissions by a claimed 325,000 tonnes a year, or the same amount of CO2 produced by 100,000 cars. Paul Reynolds, chief executive of BT Wholesale said “Energy efficiency is a key element in our purchasing strategy and sustainability is at the heart of our business. We are aiming to both increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions to the atmosphere and we believe we will achieve both aims with these new contracts.”

The move came as the Energy Minister Mike O’Brien announced that 17 new solar energy projects across the country had been chosen to receive £1.5 million worth of government funding. O’Brien said “The ultimate potential that solar offers, even in our climate, is substantial. It is therefore important to maintain a position whereby London and all of the UK can take advantage of the technology as the market develops.”

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